Buy Used
£0.01
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: A slight tan to page edges Over 2 million items sold. Fast dispatch and delivery. Excellent Customer Feedback. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Spiders Paperback – 1 May 1978

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£0.01
Available from these sellers.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (1 May 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600382915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600382911
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
5
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 7 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2016
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a good - but rather short, and somewhat formulistic - novel, about a mutant species of spider being unleased in southern Britain. This particular variant of arachnid is highly venomous and has a liking for the taste of human flesh! As such, this story plays on one of Man's oldest and most common phobias - a fear of dangerous spiders.

The menace starts slowly, with a few people in remote, rural villages dying in strange ways. Then, just as those investigating these killings realise that something deadly is afoot, the outbreak occurs - and hordes of rampant spiders spread across England, even reaching London. Fortunately a heroic-type investigator gets involved - and, with the help of scientists, is able to fend off against these swarms of eight-legged monsters.

The story builds in a mounting fashion, and throughout there is good character development. For added titillation, there's some sex scenes thrown in for good measure.

While I did enjoy this book - and recommend it - it does read like a James Herbert knock-off ... exchange 'spiders' for 'rats' and you have virtually the same novel Herbert wrote a few years prior to the publication of this book. I don't think this was intentional on the part of the author, Richard Lewis, but rather it reflects the huge influence Herbert had upon the horror genre during the late 1970's.

Overall, this is an entertaining read (which can be completed in just a few sittings), but don't expect much by way of originality.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
"Spiders" was one of a whole bunch of nature goes berserk books to come out during the mid- to late seventies, and they always seemed to make better books than movies. In these types of books, nature hates you, and your death will be described in all its realistically graphic and gory detail. Cool.

Like all of Lewis's books that I've read so far, "Spiders" starts off with a bloody death. In this case it's the retired Dan Mason, who is fixing up his new cottage in Kent, and is dreaming of his future garden and his life after a long productive career. It is not to be however, while gardening he uncovers a new type of spider, as his house is right over their nest. His nasty death starts a chain of events that will almost destroy Great Brittan.

The spiders are mobile eating and killing machines, and they are killing all that stands before them as they swarm across the landscape towards London. And as they swarm, we are introduced to spider expert Alan Mason, the novel's protagonist who is the son of Dan.

As usual, one of Lewis trademarks is having a two tiered storyline. The first is having the novel's protagonist on the search to identify the novel's problem, and trying to find an answer to fight it. In this pursuit this time around, Mason is joined by his wife Louise, fellow scientist Peter Whitley, and police inspector Neil Bradshaw. The other part of his trademark is that Lewis interspaces his storyline with a never ending series of character vignettes involving the novel's victims. And while there aren't as many vignettes here, Lewis does well with the few that he does do. A particularly good example is the young Grant family, which is caught in the line of fire by the spiders.
Read more ›
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Remembered the cover from when I was a kid, but only read it very recently. It's a fast paced tale of how the south east of England comes under attack from an endless swarm of killer spiders. Very much of it's time - in a good way - and contains some great set-pieces, succeeds in imagining the scale of national panic such a situation would create, and ends on a suitably ambiguous note (The Web followed a couple of years later). The author resorts to the collective word "insects" on several occasions, which I'm sure he was aware was incorrect, as he clearly researched spiders to some extent. They are portrayed as the blank-eyed instinct driven creatures they are in nature - no hissing or growling. It would make a spectacular film, a concept which leaps off the page, though such a project would no doubt be ruined by poorly realised CG spiders.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when I was a teenager and have recently re-read it, althought my copy has now fallen to pieces. This is a highly enjoyable thriller/horror which will stir that most basic fear which most of us have of "Spiders".
probably written the same time that James Herberts "The Rats" came out, this is still a great read and if you can get a second hand copy, well worth your time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category


Feedback